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Scotland round-up: Sturgeon promises major boost for infrastructure spend; Edinburgh pushes for CPOs to bring back empty homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 September-7 September, 2018

Webinar: Establishing Effective Engagement – Consultation in 2018

The Planner – in association with the developers of the community engagement platform Commonplace – are set to debate the best ways in which planners can manage truly effective consultation processes in a free webinar.

The Planner 

Sturgeon promises major boost for infrastructure spend

Moves to significantly increase spending on infrastructure and legislation for a Scottish National Investment Bank that will play a key role in this initiative were both highlighted as the government announced its priorities for the year ahead.

The Planner 

Edinburgh pushes for CPOs to bring back empty homes

Edinburgh City Council is to push ahead with plans to force owners to sell up abandoned empty homes by using the compulsory purchase regime.

BBC News

Approval for East Kilbride homes

A new £15 million housing development set to deliver 89 new homes on part of Peel Park on the outskirts of East Kilbride has been approved by South Lanarkshire Council.

Scottish Housing News

Boost for Blairgowrie housing 

Perth and Kinross Council has approved proposals for 117 new houses in Blairgowrie, the council’s biggest town.

Scottish Housing News

Key capital public inquiry due

The future of one of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks, the former Royal High School at Calton Hill, will be determined by a public inquiry later this month. It will weigh up the merits of transforming the site into a luxury hotel or a new home for a music school.

BBC News

Climate change concerns

Concern about climate change is at a record high, according to findings from the Scottish Household Survey 2017.

Scottish Government

Caithness and Sutherland blueprint adopted

The Highland Council has formally adopted the Caithness and Sutherland Local Development Plan.

The Highland Council

Dundee flood scheme completed

Balfour Beatty has completed the £6.5 million Dundee flood protection scheme on behalf of city council designed to reduce the risk of flooding to the new £1 billion Waterfront area and homes and major roads between Camperdown Dock and Dundee Airport.

Scottish Construction Now

Glasgow construction payback

Glasgow construction firm City Building has returned £8.7 million to its partners Glasgow City Council and Wheatley Group to be reinvested in public services and social housing across the city.

Scottish Construction Now

Research report on quantifying planning gain

The Scottish Government has published a report examining the potential for monitoring place-based outcomes of planning policy in a bid to demonstrate the value added by the planning process.

Scottish Government

Borders wind farm refused a second time

Revised plans for a wind farm at Barrel Law near Roberton, previously rejected amid fears that it would interfere with RAF radar systems, have been refused by councillors against the advice of officials at Scottish Borders Council.

BBC News

Galashiels listed church set for demolition

Plans to demolish a B-listed Borders church in Galashiels dating back to the 19th century have been approved.

BBC News

Public art for Glasgow’s Sighthill regeneration area

A prize-winning sculptor who was the youngest artist ever to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture has been awarded the £45,000 commission for a public artwork that will be sited in the Sighthill regeneration area.

The Scotsman

Crieff cracks down on idlers

Crieff is set to introduce one of the first bans in Scotland on idling engines as part of a package of measures proposed to combat long-standing air pollution problems in the Perthshire town centre.

The Scotsman